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River Bluff Estates History

River Bluff Estates is a premier housing development in Bloomington, MN. Marion Savage originally owned 255 acres of land. Savage, a wealthy man who owned the famous racehorse Dan Patch in the early 1900s, had a spacious estate home on the bluffs near what is now the Masonic Home. In 1918 the Savage Estate was purchased by Minnesota Masonic Fraternity for $55,000 to build a facility for elderly seniors. 

The area that is now River Bluff Estates was a working farm that supported the food needs of the Masonic home for years. Due to changing times, in the late 1950s early 60s, the farm was used to house the Masonic Shriners Palomino show horses. The pond in the middle of the RBE was the livestock watering hole.

The Graham development company purchased the Property in 1979. Tom Graham built the first house in what is now River Bluff Estates. There are 82 lots with 81 single-family homes; one owner owns two lots.

We still have original owners living in River Bluff Estates today and new young families moving in, giving our neighborhood a great mix of residents.


The neighborhood is served by a homeowner’s association that has several gatherings a year and has an official Little Free Library location.



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